Direct Assessment

What do you mean by “direct assessment?”

A direct assessment program is one that, in lieu of credit hours or clock hours as a measure of student learning, utilizes direct assessment of student learning, or recognizes the direct assessment of student learning by others, and meets the conditions of 34 CFR 668.10. For Title IV, HEA purposes, the institution must obtain approval for the direct assessment program from the Secretary under 34 CFR 668.10 (g) or (h) as applicable. As part of that approval, the accrediting agency must:

1) Evaluate the program(s) and include them in the institution’s grant of accreditation or preaccreditation; and,

2) Review and approve the institution’s claim of each direct assessment program’s equivalence in terms of credit or clock hours.